The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre hits the National Theatre this September. It’ll be the theatre’s first big event since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic.
If you like your stage shows to get a little surreal and bend the rules to give you a unique avant-garde experience, you might be excited to hear that the annual Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre is returning for its 27th edition at the National Theatre in Attaba. Running between September 1st and September 11th, the festival will be the theatre's first big event since the Coronavirus outbreak, and will feature Egyptian director Sami Taha, Lebanese director Maya Zbib and Swiss director Milo Rao (the artistic director of the major NTGent Performance Theatre in Belgium) as guests of honour, among other world-renowned playwrights, directors and dramatists.
Some of the plays that got accepted into the festival this year include ‘Al-Warda W El-Tag’ directed by Ibrahim Ashraf, ‘Al-Shate’, directed by Diaa El-Din Zakaria and an experimental adaptation of ‘Raya w Sakina’ directed by Karima Badir. This year, the festival will honour the late Egyptian theatre critic and professor, Dr. Hassan Attia.
If you want to join in and witness the cutting edge of local theatre, you can call the National Theatre at +2 2591 7783 or +2 011 2173 8019 to see how you can purchase a ticket.